Blashford Craft Fair

We had a beautiful warm sunny Spring day for our first ever craft fair which helped the day to be a great success! Over 180 visitors, some visiting for the first time, came to view the craftsmen at work and peruse the items on sale before enjoying a stroll around the nature reserve. Many were treated to views of the bittern who was performing outside Ivy North Hide throughout the day.

Craftsmen included our very own volunteer Geoff Knott on the lathe.

Geoff Knott

Geoff Knott

And Claire Beale on the pole lathe turning cherry into baby rattles.

Claire Beale from Treemendous Crafts carving rattles.

Claire Beale from Treemendous Crafts carving rattles.

Over in the compound Richard Austin used a chainsaw to carve many owls during the day, scorching them with a blow torch to finish them off.

Richard Austin finishing his owl chainsaw sculpture.

Richard Austin finishing his owl chainsaw sculpture.

The finished owls!

Owls carved by Richard Austin

Owls carved by Richard Austin

Many inspired visitors then had the opportunity to have a go themselves at making willow baskets and stars.

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